Obama Under "Intense Pressure" To Release Evidence Proving Russians Hacked The Election

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As noted previously, at some point today the White House is set to unveil new sanction, and other retaliatory "measures" against Russia and specifically the Kremlin, in retaliation for what according to a constantly repetitive narrative has been Russian hacking of the US election. Obama will do so by using a 2015 executive order that would allow the president to freeze the US assets of Russians overseas who have engaged in cyber acts, even though such order only applies to actions that have threatened U.S. national security or financial stability, neither of which have yet been invoked in the current "hacking" scandal.  Further, per a "senior administration official," use of the existing law would require (1) actual election infrastructure to be designated as 'critical infrastructure' and (2) the administration to prove that such infrastructure was actually "harmed," conditions which the National Security Council say have not been met.

The problem is that if the administration relies on the 2015 Executive Order to launch this latest round of diplomatic "retaliation", it will also have to demonstrate some proof that the individuals or entities it names were involved in the scheme, and until now, the White House has provided no documentation to back up its official October assessment that the Russian government was attempting to “interfere” in the U.S. election besides just repeating the allegation over and over and over, as if that somehow makes it true.

Which perhaps is why this morning The Hill writes that the Obama administration is "under intense pressure to release evidence confirming Russian interference in the presidential election before leaving office."

As the website correctly note, "the administration up until now has provided little documentation to back up its official October assessment that the Russian government was attempting to “interfere” in the U.S. election." Actually, it has provided exactly zero documentation, but that has not stopped the media machine from parroting the claims and repeating it ad nauseam, in hopes the emotional appeals through repetition will make it factual.

Just as bad, the Hill also writes that nor has Obama "corroborated subsequent leaks from anonymous officials contending that the CIA believes the campaign was an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure Donald Trump’s victory."

So where are we in the process of producing evidence? Apparently nowhere:

President Obama has ordered the intelligence community to produce a complete review of its findings before Trump takes office on Jan. 20. The White House has said it will make as much of the report public as it can. But officials have warned that the document will contain “highly sensitive and classified information” and it is unclear how much concrete evidence it will be able to release.

 

Releasing any documentation of Russian interference would be a slap in the face to Trump, who has rejected assertions that the Kremlin was involved in the hacks on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The president-elect and his team have treated any suggestion of Russian involvement as an attack on the legitimacy of his election win, and Republican leaders in Congress have treaded carefully on the issue.

Well, let Obama released the proof first, then we'll worry about "slaps in faces." For now, all we have are ever louder, if unsubstantiated allegations by the CIA:

The firestorm ignited by the CIA’s assessment has spurred calls from both parties for the administration to provide proof of Russian meddling. In late November, seven Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee urged the White House to declassify “additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election.”

 

As of last week, they had not yet received a response.

 

The House Intelligence Committee earlier this month demanded a briefing on the subject, but was rebuffed intelligence leaders, which said that they will not brief Congress again until the completion of the report for the White House.

 

Journalists have also pushed for more documentation. VICE journalist Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro, a Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records pertaining to Russian interference. 

 

And even Trump’s transition team has said the White House should provide definitive proof to back up its claims. "If the CIA Director [John] Brennan and others at the top are serious about turning over evidence … they should do that," Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said earlier this month. "They should not be leaking to the media. If there's evidence, let's see it."

Meanwhile, Obama has asked the public to take the assessment of Russian interference purely on faith, suggesting that "the American people already know everything they need to know to accept the conclusions of the CIA report." Just like they knew all about Iraq's "Weapons of Mass Destruction."

"There are still a whole range of assessments taking place among the [intelligence] agencies," Obama told NPR earlier this month, referring to the report. “But that does not in any way, I think, detract from the basic point that everyone during the election perceived accurately — that in fact what the Russian hack had done was create more problems for the Clinton campaign than it had for the Trump campaign.”

 

Private security firms have provided more detailed forensic analysis linking two well-known Russian intelligence groups to the data breach at the DNC. Beyond that, the evidence of Russian interference is compelling, though circumstantial.

 

Russia has a long history of trying to influence elections across Europe, and intelligence experts say it’s plausible that Putin would see an upside to a Trump White House, given his expressed desire to “get along” with the Kremlin.  He hinted in the fall that he might refuse help to some NATO allies should they be attacked by Russia. The statement sent shock waves through the foreign policy community, as the alliance’s chief purpose has long been to serve as a check on Russian aggression.

 

Although there is disagreement among lawmakers about whether Russia intended to help Trump, few disagree that the DNC and Podesta hacks were in some way an attempt to meddle in the election. Public reporting and previous briefings by intelligence agencies appear to have convinced them of that.

To be sure, the neocons in the Senate are getting restless and are desperate to damage relations with Russia even more: “There are 100 United States senators. ... I would say that 99 percent of us believe that the Russians did this, and we’re going to do something about it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “The Situation Room” on Tuesday.  Lawmakers have vowed to hold hearings on the matter when Congress returns in January.

Obama, meanwhile, has promised to deliver his report to Congress and release what he can as soon as the intelligence community completes it. “I’m sure what is happening right now is they are going through the calculus of, ‘How much intelligence, how many sources and methods are we willing to burn to make our point?’” said one former White House official.  

“My guess is they will have information that indicates course of conduct and links to activities that suggest motivation,” but no smoking gun that will convince those who aren’t already convinced, he said.

“I think the link between what [the public] gets to see and whatever retaliatory action [Obama takes] is going to be very, very tight,” the former official said.  “Showing information is a necessary precondition for most of the public types of retaliation that have been contemplated.

Except, apparently, in this case, in which Obama is again set to launch a cyberwar shot across the Russian bow with the US public once again expected to believe that its administration would never lie to it.

And with that we await for Obama to disclose just which Russians it has decided to put on the latest sanctions "black list", and whose assets Washington believes it can confiscate without suffering consequences that are too great. And, of course, we will eagerly look forward to the imminent Russian counter-retaliation due out shortly after.

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Fredo Corleone's picture

I agree. Quite pedestrian, and Podesta took the bait. The Russians - or Chinese, North Koreans, et al. - would have used far more sophisticated means, and left absolutely no "residue." This was still likely an inside job; a leak/hack operation initiated by one or more disgruntled Democrat staffers.

roadhazard's picture

When Repubicans are agreeing with Obama you know Pootin hacked. But go ahead and protect your Pootin, it's what you do.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) roadhazard Dec 29, 2016 11:06 AM

Who is protecting Putin? Name some names here, bullshitter, or STFU.

roadhazard's picture

ZHers... every day. You must be new here.

rwe2late's picture

 You are projecting.

Actually it is YOU who is truculently defending

Obummer, the Death Queen, and arm chair warriors like Graham

and their self-serving  fabrications and malfeasance.

 

The discussion here is not about Putin's merits,

though you obviously would like to deflect and change to that or another topic.

 

roadhazard's picture

Fuck Obama,  The Pootin love here is next to gay. The only thing Pootin has been dumped on here for is that he hasn't nuked Washington. It's Pootin fanboy city on ZH.

BarkingCat's picture

Trump should promise to do a complete investigation of the hacks starting on Jan 21st.

This of course means a complete access to all DNC and DNC officials computers, phones and other electronic and storage devices as well as paper records.

 

I want him to announce that and then watch the reactions.

Vardaman's picture

And CIA, DIA, NSA computers as well...

Promethus's picture

The intelligence agencies can't brief congress because the report isn't finished but the White House knows the Russians are guilty and is ready to apply sanctions. Lame.

Vardaman's picture

There is no such evidence.  The jug eared moron has never felt any pressure to tell the truth about anything.  Part of his "training" that started in a petri dish at a Soros funded lab in Bulgaria...

BendGuyhere's picture

“My guess is they will have information that indicates course of conduct and links to activities that suggest motivation,” but no smoking gun that will convince those who aren’t already convinced, he said.

OH, YOU MEAN LIKE PIZZAGATE ?

Hey Lindsey Graham-cracker: Take that boy's cock out of your mouth for a moment and listen up: the deal is going to be a thorough investigation of the Russians for a thorough investigation of Pizzagate. Got it?

Quinvarius's picture

Obama needs to stop using US power to settle his petty personal issues.  This is as third world as it gets.

ChemtrailPilot's picture

“My guess is they will have information that indicates course of conduct and links to activities that suggest motivation,”

IOW they have jack shit but they will try to release some lame-ass circumstantial (and probably doctored) materials and claim it's a slam dunk. Meanwhile God forbid we get an actual proper investigation of the Pizzagate people posting "chickenlover" photos to their instagram accounts.

Tenshin Headache's picture

That's what I tripped over badly.

"My guess"

"they WILL have" (not "they have")

cat writer's picture

Remember that Obama is an American.   He will make up the evidence.

Flounder's picture

Jeez, had hildabeast and Kaine the commie clown won they would be using this shit to fill Putin full of holes.  Obama, Moochie, Hilda, Billy the goat, Dubya, Vampire Podesta, Graham, Horse Head, McCain, Washing Woman Shitz, Brazille on the growing list of the Americans in failed leadership positions.  Whats the death toll in Chicago up to now State Senator obama?

opport.knocks's picture

How hard is it for the NSA to manipulate a set of server logs that show the data hack came from Russia? Should be child's play.

One problem is that the owner of the alleged hacker's ISP servers in Eastern Russia has offered to release his log files if the USA asks. But no one has yet asked, meaning either;
a) they already have them
and/or
b) they know they contain nothing.

chubbar's picture

They can't offer evidence until they know that they can't be discovered falsifying it. Computer shit has a lot of ways to be tripped up and these fuckers aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer. They know this will be looked at a million different ways by folks a lot smarter with computers than they are.

Reaper's picture

The Liar-in-Chief demands we trust him this time.

jughead's picture

Besides waiting for these sleezeballs to produce EVIDENCE of their fairy tales, I'm also wondering when they are going to investigate DHS alleged hacks into state election systems.  

Oh, and if they can provide evidence of Russia hacking the DNC and Podesta, WE SHOULD GIVE THEM A FUCKING MEDAL for doing the American people a great service.  

Skiprrrdog's picture

Obozo's "legacy" is reinforcing the knowledge that niggers are still niggers... and will *always be* niggers...time/money/sanity wasting affirmative action experiments aside...

bpj's picture

they are cage fighting at malls now, at least they keep it fresh

Salsa Verde's picture

The age of "Feewings" is coming to an end; thank God.

Griffin's picture

It is common knowledge why Hillary lost.

There is no real pressure on anyone to come up with a altenative explanation.

It was not the Russians, or the FBI or Comey.

It was Hillary and a long list of incredible fuckups.

 

When so many fuckups come together its called a Clusterfuck.

That word describes Hillary's entire presidential aspirations perfectly.

shankster's picture

That describes the entire lib population in the US.

TheLastMan's picture

there is more public evidence that DC pizza people are peds than russians are "election" hackers.

 

 

 

justsayin2u's picture

Assuming Obama has little or nothing to complain of, Trump should immediately undo anything the big eared socialist in chief does to the extent warranted.  My guess is the little pussy Obama is doing anything he can to show he has a pair of at least pea sized balls and to create as much mischief as possible before he leaves office.

SMC's picture

Obummer and minions are busy creating the "evidence"...

holgerdanske's picture

I can't wait to see the back of this clown.

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

LOL, are we in dumblandia? Just get the stats from the outfits that host the Domain Name Systems, for the last two week of October, you can see DDoS on every pro-Hillary Ad Servers, so when an advertisement is delivered to a web site, algorithm is choosing the one that will make more money, so when one server cannot provide the content the algorithm is switching to other more reliable server. OK proving that all these DDoS came from Russia is harder, because all of the attacks came from zombies botnet, they were done by new version of the Mirai botnet, which is believed to have infected more than 800,000 devices, the most affected are in the US, UK, Turkey, Canada and Russia So someone was renting it to attack Hillary and was payed 4000-5000$ per attack with Bitcoin payment. So who can it be, i think most probably someone in USA, but other two counties happy with Trump are Israel and Russia. So if CIA has an information, it can't be made public. So why should we think that is Russia because the same DDoS attacks affected Bulgaria and Moldova where Pro-Russian candidates won the presidential votes as well. Simple as that, do you need PhD from MIT?

bugs_'s picture

with dems we already know it is not the nature of evidence that matters only the seriousness of the charge

brooklinite8's picture

Christmas/New year most of them are on vacation to pull off a lie. I am not. This idiot has lied all his life. Hopefully he tells one truth before he dies. That's my wish.

UTICA CLUB XX PURE's picture

Holy Fuck Batman:

[Recalling the election results]

 

shankster's picture

Hey BO! Cough of the fur ball..uh, I mean the evidence.

shankster's picture

Who are the morons that vote for these idiots?

holgerdanske's picture

By and large half the American population.

SCARY!

Skiprrrdog's picture

When did monkeys get to be so evil? At the zoo they always looked cute and entertaining, kind of like it might be cool to have one as a pet; now... not so much...

shankster's picture

He's a liberal and liberals are like scorned Women...very full of feelings of revenge and anger constantly.

We Are The Priests's picture

"the American people already know everything they need to know to accept the conclusions of the CIA report."

You arrogant fuck!!

MickV's picture

Yeah, and he "killed Bin Laden", who was "buried at sea", and we can't see any pictures because it is "disturbing" and may cause "hatred by Muslims", and a "lone gunman" shot up the Pulse, but we are not releasing any CCTV because "it may be disturbing to the families", but we will try to convince you that it actually happened by "releasing 911 tape ranscripts", and "no footage exists" of a plane hitting the Pentagon, etc. etc.

 

Just Trust us....

DirtySanchez's picture

This clown isn't even worthy of being called a half wit.

The stupid ass negro actually has the temerity to say the Russians hacked the election. Take my word for it.

This mutt and his monkey assed family have perpetrated the biggest fraud on the intelligent black population.

Bozo has set back the clock to the 1940's.

Most white people with half a brain believe blacks just aren't that smart, if this asshole is the best they have to offer.

DirtySanchez's picture

This clown isn't even worthy of being called a half wit.

The stupid ass negro actually has the temerity to say the Russians hacked the election. Take my word for it.

This mutt and his monkey assed family have perpetrated the biggest fraud on the intelligent black population.

Bozo has set back the clock to the 1940's.

Most white people with half a brain believe blacks just aren't that smart, if this asshole is the best they have to offer.

War Machine's picture

everyone keeps referencing the idea of 'proof' as if we are in an epoch of oligarchical rule resting on facts and truth.

We do not.

What did Karl Rove say - we're an Empire and we {Vichy Washington} create reality. Rove meant the press is PART of government.

The 'neocon' worldview is Machiavellian via Strauss, who was not particularly intelligent or insightful but essentially justified the Bolshevik/Trostskyite ethos that formerly ' liberal' E. Euro Jews (read: Bolsheviks, and yes, the neocon agenda was and is Zionist and Jewish and that's a matter of academic Philosophy history):

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178638.html

Do what you accuse the other side of
it all started when he hit me back
Emmanuel bin Goldstein al Baghdadi

gentlemen, Soros knows the US is not 'supporting and defending democracy' anywhere on God's green earth.

does not MATTER.

the 'truth' is not a defense in the Empire of Lies. indeed, facts are not evidence but exist only as *persuasion*.

No, gentlemen, these men are snakes and like chickenhawk zealots of all stripe, they will only understand the errors of their ways as they await the first shots from their firing squad.

personally, I'd like to call in an airstrike on Soros.

Then find Dom Suter.

Hey Trump people, hey FBI patriots... where's Dom Suter these days?

Anyway, all this shit is theater.

We are going to need a Patriot counter-coup against the neocon/Israeli policy coup launched under Bush and expanded under 'secret Mudlim per Cass Sunstein' Obama who nominated 2 scotus justices, both jews, appointed jews ls to treasury and fed etc etc and literally had a Mossad asset as his Chief of Staff... not long after Mossad agent Mikey Chertoff headed DHS.

oh yeah, and DHS should be burned to the ground, the ashes pissed on.

So say we all. ;)

shankster's picture

Putin es El Hombre pero Obama es El nino.

quasi_verbatim's picture

This is going down to the wire, is it not?

A 'thirteen days in October' moment, for the younger generation.

Tenshin Headache's picture

It appears that the Russian gambit is falling apart.

That leaves taking down the financial markets. Is the left prepared to live with the consequences? Are the elites willing to "live" in a decimated America?

shankster's picture

The left live in the moment..they've not the mental capacities to think beyond that point.

Emergency Ward's picture

Obama has been too busy drone-bombing civilians, punishing whistle-blowers, and muffing putts on the green to do a thorough search for evidence of Russian hacking.  But he'll get around to it before Jan 20.  He promises to come up with something!